These external apps offered users various benefits including a customized UI, custom timeline settings and other enhancements. The apps relied on sourcing data from Twitter’s API to deliver these additional features.
On Friday, Twitter users first noticed that third party apps were not working. Soon after, information emerged that the move may have been intentional based on some leaked internal Slack messages from Twitter employees.
No official announcement baffles users and developers alike
As of writing this article, there has been no official word from Twitter confirming its decision to block API access for third-party clients. This has not only left users in the dark but has also left the developers of the above apps in a tizzy.
Tapbots, a major third-party developer, officially confirmed not receiving any further notification of the ban. The Tweetbot maker also reached out to the Elon Musk-owned platform, but to no avail. Interestingly, the Tweetbot maker is actively working on a Mastodon version of its app, as revealed last November.
As Twitterrific is also in limbo, its Twitter account poked fun at the status quo as shown in the tweet below.
Twitterverse status for Twitterrific, Tweetbot other third party apps. Spoiler alert, there’s a lot we don’t know yet!… https://t.co/vJvHpqft3o
— Twitterrific (@Twitterrific) 1673632537000
Another developer Matteo Villa, the man behind the Fenix app, expressed his dismay at the discreet ban. He tweeted, “Here you go. The total lack of communication is quite disrespectful to all the people who work on these apps and use them every day. I mean, the platform is yours and you can do whatever you want with it, but make your own decisions. He continued, “And I’m honestly thinking about pulling Fenix for iOS from the App Store as well. People are still downloading it, and who knows if it’ll stop working.”
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